The title Con[text] itself is a play on words "con" meaning with in Spanish and "text" referring to any written language.  Literal context is added to an image with the addition of words, numbers, letters.  Shots of billboards, graffiti, headstones or even the illusion of a letter or word counts.  The following examples have been shown at Darkroom Gallery in past exhibitions or provided by juror Tim Clark.

 © William Horton "The Perfect Perch"William Horton's The Perfect Perch is a perfect example of text naturally occurring and re-instating the origins of a subject. It adds a richness to the image and authenticates the windmill.

©Barbara Dombach "Sparrow"Barbara Dombach's The Sparrow is an example of two different kinds of text within the same image, handwriting is juxtaposed with the typeface of "June" in this dream-like image.


© Sean Stewart "Comfortable Alley no34"Sean Stewart's Comfortable Alley no34 is an example of an image with symbols that do not have legible words but the viewer knows they have meaning, obstruction of this meaning makes the photograph all the more mysterious. As this can also be true for text in a different language.

 © EJ Major, from the series Love is..... (published in issue 17 of 1000 Words Photography Magazine)

EJ Major, from the series Love is..... (published in issue 17 of 1000 Words Photography Magazine) is an example of collage. The artist took 2 found objects, in this case, mail and a iconic photograph and played them off one another along with a handwritten addition, it tells a unique story with all these multi layers at play.

 © Harold Ross "Flying Fish"

Harold Ross's "Flying Fish" is an example of a hidden symbol within an image. Can you see the letter T in this photograph? Do you think this is a happy mistake or a consious choice of Ross?

© Hugh Jones "Alice in Wonderland"

Hugh Jones' Alice in Wonderland is an example of numbers or letters creating an overall texture or pattern, adding another layer of meaning to the image.

© Fritzi Newton "If Doors Could Talk"

Fritzi Newton's If Doors Could Talk is an example of documentary photography that just so happens to have fragments of words in the found scene. When you are walking around with your camera you must capture some signage or logos in your shots, this is fair game for Con[text].

©Roz Leibowitz "Annie Julia or Life After Death"

Roz Leibowitz's Annie Julia or Life After Death is a construction of a taken image along with the artist's written word. This is indicative of the dadaist movement, informing the viewer of a specific context to analyze the image.

EXHIBIT NOW OPEN FROM September 20th 2018 to October 28th 2018
Artists' Reception scheduled for October 13th, 2018

Juror: Michael Pannier

White Trees, Series 2, No. 7

© Mischa Gregory Macaw

The oldest known single living organism on the earth is said to be a Great Basin bristlecone pine (pinus longaeva) living in the White Mountains of California. It's age is estimated at a little over 5,000 years. Trees have endured through every kind of catastrophe imaginable. . Now that human activity is dramatically reducing forest and jungle we're beginning to understand just how vital a role they play maintaining the viability of life. Forests of all kinds have been called "the lungs of the world".  They're essential to the earth's carbon cycle, taking in carbon dioxide, storing the carbon, and releasing oxygen to the atmosphere. In addition, people have depended on them for all manner of uses, from heating dwellings and cooking food to providing everything from canoes to cashews. Little wonder, then, that trees were worshipped as gods in some ancient societies

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Submissions Close:23 August 18 23:59 EST
Selections Announced:by 31 August 18
On-Line Check-in Due:31 August 18
Work Receipt Deadline:17 September 18
Exhibit Opens:20 September 18
Artists' Reception:13 October 18 16:00
Exhibit Closes:28 October 18
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The Darkroom Gallery Difference

As photographers we look  at trees, either in number or individually.  They're often an essential part of a photograph, either as objects of beauty when they're the subject of an image, or as useful "props" for framing a scene.  They're convenient "models" for the camera, since they can be found in most environments on land - even in our biggest cities. 

For this exhibition we extended the challenge to photograph a tree, or thousands of trees, in the photographer's unique vision. We received a great many excellent submissions - enough that we could easily have doubled or triples the size of the exhibit if we had space available to do so. People have a natural and primal affinity for trees, and all the submissions reflect that affection.

 Trees is presented in conjunction with The Essex Junction Tree Committee (www.essexjunction.org/boards/tree-advisory-committee/) which promotes and cares for trees in public places in the town of Essex Junction, Vermont.  

Juror's Statement

Growing up in the Mid Atlantic and exploring the hardwood forests since childhood, trees have always been an intimate part of my life- personal and photographically. Whether the familiar maple of my youth or the trees discovered later in life- Joshua trees of the high desert, acacias silhouetted against a sunset, or the subtropical palms on the coasts and my new southern home- all these trees comfort and trigger memories. I expected to be overwhelmed by the number of exceptional submissions to the Darkroom’s call for Trees, and was not disappointed.  Almost all  were impressive in one way or another- many spectacular. To make the choice of what would stay and what would go was both difficult and agonizing. In any juried show the selection process reinforces the fact that compelling and strong imagery is eliminated from shows and those final choices are almost always subjective ones.  In addition to looking at all the technical aspects of the many submissions, I was looking for subtle use of color or graphic monochrome, unusual ways of seeing what is common to many,  the use of light, and thoughtfulness in the image-making.  Finally, an image must tell a story. I also chose images that reached out to me and made a connection, offered me just enough information and mystery that made me ask questions.

Michael Pannier, New York, August 2018




EXHIBIT Closed on September 2nd 2018
Artists' Reception scheduled for October 13th, 2018

Juror: Wendi Schneider

 Milkweed II  © Deb Ehrens

Much as we might try to deny it, the essence of existence is change. Photography from the beginning has often been called a means of stopping time, a way of preserving a fleeting glimpse of existence in material form. Whether the photographic representation of a temporal moment is a rendering of reality is another question - one that's become a topic of considerable controversy now that it's possible to alter a photo to present an "unreal reality". But for the purposes of this exhibition we're looked for images depicting or representing a specific instant

Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens:25 July 18
Artists' Reception:11 August 18 16:00
Exhibit Closes:2 September 18
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For Metamorphosis we invited submission of photographs that address the transient, the ephemeral, and the transition from one stage of being to another.  Sometimes it's possible to illustrate two states of existence in the same image,. In most cases, however, change or transition can be represented by a single image: think of photos of a Bar Mitzvah, the birth of a child, the demolition of an iconic building, the erosion of a hillside and its converse, the volcanic eruption. or the poignant little life and death dramas that take place in our yards and gardens every day. It's also quite possible to suggest change and transition less literally, through the abstract or surreal image, and we encouraged entrants to explore those possibilities as well.


Juror's Statement:

I’m honored to have had the opportunity to jury the Metamorphosis exhibit and was delighted to see the thoughtful submissions. 
“Milkweed II” , by Deb Ehrens, was awarded Juror’s Choice. This stunning, evocative image is well-composed and lit, exquisitely and appropriately vibrant, and a technically and emotionally sound representation of the theme - it jumped out at me immediately, not only for its beauty, but also because it so wonderfully illustrates the metamorphosis of the plant and the passage of time.
I awarded Honorable Mention to “Selfportrait as Bather of Valpincon” by Rheana Gardner for its fascinating, contemporary, successful take on one of Ingres’ most famous paintings. 
I’m grateful to each of the artists who entered the call, as I know you have many opportunities from which to choose. Most of the images could be interpreted to fit the theme, which made my task both easier and more difficult. The chosen images had to be strong thematically, technically and conceptually. Some of the images that moved me were excluded as they didn’t fit with the entirety of the exhibit, or they were simply too similar in subject or treatment to others. Jurying is a ultimately a subjective process. Our task is to make a cohesive whole from disparate parts, to find the threads that pull them together and yet also celebrate the diversity of vision and craft. I hope you will not be discouraged if your work did not make the cut this time, and continue to hone your vision and make work that speaks to your soul and your own personal metamorphosis. http://www.wendischneider.com/                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                            Wendi Schneider  Denver CO, June 2018

Milkweed II
Juror's Choice

Deb Ehrens
South Dartmouth, MA USA
Self-portrait as Bather of Valpincon
Honorable Mention

Rheana Gardner
Disrupted Chaos
People's Choice

Rebecca Womble Carpenter
Frederick, MD USA

Leaves Turn

Alexandria Donovan
Westport, Connecticut USA
Artifact III

Allison Roberts
Madison, WI USA
Reflection, scene #01

Andreas Kuehn
East Sandwich, MA USA

In the mist

Anna Pepe
Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

Barbara Curcio
West Islip, New York USA
Ice Diamond Blue Wall

Barrack Evans
Dorset, VT USA

Creekside 2011, 2016

Benjamin Dimmitt
Fairview, NC USA

Candice Inc
Chicago, Illinois USA
The Peony's Party

Carol Wontkowski
Attleboro, MA USA

Both Sides Now

Catherine Fairchild
Houston, Texas USA
Ophelia, after

Cynthia August
Ipswich, MA USA
Nature Moves In

Dascha Esselius
Stockholm, Sweden


Debra Van Swearingen
Norman, Oklahoma USA
Dust Bowl Blues

Debra Van Swearingen
Norman, Oklahoma USA
Looking Out


natural transformation

Evelin Juen
Imst, Tirol austria
Acrylic Reaction 4

Jana Styblova
Portland, Oregon United States
The Passage

Jennifer Glassman
Bell Canyon, CA USA

In The Stars

Jenny Helbraun Abramson
Sebastopol, CA United States

Joel Plotch
New York, New York USA
Sea Into Sky

Julie O'Connor
Weston, CT USA


Kanat Akar
Baltimore, Maryland United States
One Night I Dreamed...Creation

Karla Bernstein
Newtown, CT United States
One Night I Dreamed...Escape

Karla Bernstein
Newtown, CT United States


Kathryn Reichert
Fairbanks, Alaska USA

Kathryn Sarken
Watertown, MA USA
A Winter Sequence, 12

Lawrence Russ
Southport, CT USA


Leslie Jean-Bart
New York, NY USA
The twins

Maria Åkerblom
Järvsö, Sweden
Singapore in Transition

Mark Melnick
Palm Desert, CA USA


Mark Sadan
Burlington, VT USA

Matt LaPierre
Gorham, Maine USA

Meredith Howe Jones
Pelham, MA United States

The Ramp to the Salish Sea

Michael Elenko
Vashon Island, WA USA
Changing of the Guard

Mildred Alpern
New York, New York USA

Nadide Goksun
Scarsdale, New York United States


Peggy Reynolds
Essex Jct., VT USA
Peal of Wall

Philip DUTCH Bagley
ELKINS PARK, PA United States
Queen Anne's Lace - Daucus carota

Philip Hopper
Brooklyn, NY United States


Rheana Gardner

Rich Vogel
Andover, MA USA

Richard K. Kent
Lancaster, Pennsylvania USA

Offering House, Hengyang China

Robert Gilbert
Edinburg, TX USA
Shade Dancer

Robert S Johnson
Wounded butterfly, Series "Big bang in my hand"

Sandrine Aim
LONDON, london England

Palace under the Sea

Sangmin Yoon
Uijeongbu-si, Gyenggi-do South Korea
Exploration of A Barren Land, Iceland, 2017

Stephanie Paine
Lafayette, LA United States

Steven McBride
Weaverville, NC United States


Susanna Patras
Reno, NV USA
Self Portrait

Taylor Mathues
Lebanon, NJ USA
Ice Moon, from the series, Floating Blue

Thomas Pickarski
New York, New York USA

Boulder in the Woods

Tom duffy
bloomington, in USA


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